Infield Fly Mars MLB's Sudden Death Playoff

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ATLANTA – The questionable call came out of left field, as the clutch-as-can-be Cardinals remained alive while the great Braves star Chipper Jones' magical Hall-of-Fame career ended in a defeat. The game featured three Braves errors (one by Chipper), a debris delay courtesy of an unruly crowd, a quickly denied protest and a whole lot more controversy than MLB hoped or bargained for.

The game surely lived up to its name as the first ever one-game, do-or-die wild-card playoff.

The new format was intended to trigger excitement. But what baseball got instead was unwanted controversy.

A surprise infield fly call curtailed a late Braves rally, upsetting the Braves and especially their fans, some of whom put down their foam tomahawks long enough to hurl beer...

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